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Street vendor manhandled after humiliating officer

Street vendor manhandled after humiliating officer

Niël Terblanché

A STREET vendor in Windhoek is facing charges of assault and interfering with police officers in the execution of their duties after clashing with members of the Windhoek City Police in public.

 

The Chief of the City Police, Abraham Kanime, confirmed the incident in Independence Avenue earlier on Saturday and said that the woman is yet to be arrested.

 

“The woman was approached because she did not adhere to the regulations of Stage 3 of the State of Emergency and were requested to stop selling fruits and vegetables. More than ten people were found crowding around her trolley and our members had to intervene,” Kanime said.

 

He said the woman made the situation worse when she ripped the wig from the head of one of the female city police officers and humiliated her in public.

 

PUBLIC HUMILIATION: A confrontation between members of the Windhoek City Police and a female street vendor about the contravention of Stage 3 of the State of Emergency – Footage: Compiled from contributed clips.

 

“The woman refused to give the wig back to the officer and a scuffle ensued. The officer’s colleagues intervened and the woman had to be physically subdued before the female officer could retrieve her wig,” Kanime said.

 

According to the City Police Chief, the woman was allowed to take her trolley home while the officers proceeded to the Windhoek Police Station to lay charges against the street vendor.

 

He said that the street vendor is still facing arrest and will have to appear in court on the charges of the assault and interfering with police officers while executing their duties.

 

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